10 Happy Things

Life Lately || 10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

I hope all my American readers are comfortably sleeping off their Thanksgiving feasts today! And to anyone indulging in some Black Friday shopping, I hope you find everything you desire and that your wallet doesn’t suffer too badly! 


>>> Sam and I had tickets to see a friend in a show at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, so that was a fun, brief escapade out of York. It was great to see him on stage, and it meant we got to meet Mark Gatiss after the show. I wanted to only bombard him with Sherlock questions, but I showed a great deal of personal restraint. 

>>> After the arms snapped off my last pair of glasses, Sam managed to semi-save them for me by configuring a web of packing tape to hold them together until I could go get an eye test and sort out a new pair of glasses. Done and done. As it has every year since age 7, my vision was once again, worse than last year’s. 

>>>Proper pillows. We received a gift card to a home store as a wedding present, but even back in July we knew we were moving and didn’t want to purchase anything new until we had moved. This week we went and bought our first pair of proper pillows. (The ones that had been on our bed before that were from Primark and were approximately 1 inch thick.) These are a dream! 

>>> Thanksgiving was celebrated in a very non-traditional way this year. Since we still don’t have our furniture yet and our lives are pretty full on at the moment, Sam and I celebrated by eating some tasty left-over orzo and finishing with a dessert from Bettys

>>> I think I *may* have finally come to terms with our oven in the new place. It’s the first one that I’ve ever used that’s controlled by Gas Marks instead of by actual temperatures. It’s certainly a temperamental beast! 

>>> We have internet again. I repeat, we have internet again. There was literally one night were I sat outside on the street corner, trying to access the free street Wifi to edit a post at around 10pm. Coldest post I ever have written. 

>>> With the onset of internet, we were finally able to finish watching “The Crown”. We started it before we moved and the delay was making me restless! 

>>> I love York. I love it. It’s wonderful. No place is perfect, but I’m loving it so far. Though I could do without the alerts that the River Ouse was on a rise and flooding was due (which is perfectly normal for York – the banks often flood, but it’s hard to shake the scenes of last year’s Boxing Day flood destruction from my mind.)

>>> Not only did the internet get installed, but the re-wiring work finished. We’d also been sans-TV because the tv aerial wiring was so old and faulty. It was literally crumbling to bits. But as of Wednesday, we are working TV owners again! 

>>> I saw “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” on Tuesday, which in and of itself isn’t that “happy” as I found the film a bit meandering and disappointing. It had huge pacing issues and I felt it struggled to know where its heart was. And I’m still furious about Depp. However, I think it took the Potter films till the 3rd movie to get it right, so here’s to hoping the “Fantastic Beasts” series pulls it in for the next 4 films. 

No one talk to me this weekend, I’ll be watching the Gilmore Girls! 

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  • nice York photos below:)

  • Yay for Internet and decent pillows!

    I also love York, but I’ve never actually lived there so entirely different situation πŸ˜‰

    • It’s been lovely so far. And *fingers crossed* the van comes with our furniture tomorrow to end our saga of sitting on the floor. (We do already have our mattress up, but no sofa, wardrobe, table, etc) xx

  • My oven is gas mark as well and takes some getting used to, so I sympathise!! How lovely you’re able to pop to Betty’s to pick up some dessert – I adore it there! xxx

    • Do you find your gas marked oven doesn’t get as hot as it should? (Maybe I’m just misremembering what temperatures the marks should correspond too…) x

      • Hmmm, I actually have the opposite trouble – it gets far too hot too easily and burns things! They’re obviously temperamental beasts! Xxx

  • Proper pillows are EVERYTHING! We got proper ones a few months ago and I have no idea why we waited that long. Game changer.

  • We had a semi normal Thanksgiving dinner planned then ate way too many pre-dinner snacks so we had sandwiches for our main meal!

  • So glad you are back connected again! I’m very jealous about the move, it sounds rather dreamy!

  • Happy Thanksgiving! Great news that you have TV and internet again! I’ve been loving The Crown! So so good! Can’t wait to see Fantastic Beasts, I’m hoping it is better than a lot of the reviews. Alice xx


    • Thanks Alice! It feels less like a bubble in the evening now with tv and internet back in our lives. I enjoyed watching “Fantastic Beasts” and it was a joy to hear the Potter music coming out of a massive cinema screen again, but I was less than impressed with the plot. xx

  • Is The Crown good? πŸ™‚ I’ve been wanting to see it!


    • I’m really enjoying it! The first episode was a bit slow, but it really picks up from there! x

  • Laura Torninoja

    I have a few more episoded of The Crown left and I’m loving it so far – I never want it to end! I want them to continue all the way to the current day πŸ˜€

    Happy Gilmore Girl-ing! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • I’d love that too! (I’d at least really like them to get to the Diana era!) Thanks! Have a great weekend! x

      • I think I read that that’s going to be in season 2!
        I wish I knew what the real royals thought of it!

  • Hope you have a lovely weekend Amanda! x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Molly O’Connor

    This is such an adorable post idea!!!


  • That sounds like a really relaxing and mellow Thanksgiving! Glad to hear you are liking York!